Out of the Closets, Into the Streets

 

Info

Commissioned by: Culture Victoria

Funded by: Creative Victoria

Produced: 2016

Length: 12.22 minutes

 

Andrew Hansen Interview. Photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

Andrew Hansen Interview. Photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

 

Gay Pride Week 1973. Photograph by Frank Prain. Courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Gay Pride Week 1973. Photograph by Frank Prain. Courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

 

Barbara Creed. Photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

Barbara Creed. Photograph by Wind & Sky Productions.

 

Q&A session with key participants, historians and film-makers, Castlemaine, 2016. Photo by Luke Grimes.

Q&A session with key participants, historians and film-makers, Castlemaine, 2016. Photo by Luke Grimes.

 

Gay Pride Week Poster 1973. Courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Gay Pride Week Poster 1973. Courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Gay Liberation Demonstration March, Melbourne, 1972. Photograph by Peter McEwan. Courtesy of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

The Story

In 1970s Melbourne a group of students made a stand for gay pride at a time when homosexuality was criminalised and discrimination and abuse was widespread. When being gay meant hiding your true self. Where the act of coming out was a radical form of protest.

Out of the Closets, Into the Streets explores the moment Melbourne’s gay and lesbian people found their voice through the Gay Liberation Movement. The story documents the moment gay and lesbian people took to the streets, coming out and proud and challenging the status quo.

Digital Exhibition

The project is a digital exhibition commissioned by Culture Victoria, an online platform that shares the stories held by collecting organisations across the state. The story was produced by Wind & Sky Productions in collaboration with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) and is based on the 2015 physical exhibition of the same name curated by the Archives.

The project features a short documentary film produced by Wind & Sky Productions, an audio interview with Dennis Altman, the father of Gay Liberation in Australia, and a digital gallery curated by ALGA of manifestos, photographs, posters, flyers and newspaper articles from the time.

The Film

The story’s short documentary film features interviews with Melbourne Gay Liberation Front members, archival images from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives collection, and original Super 8 footage of 1970s Gay Lib and Women’s Lib activities filmed and edited by Barbara Creed.

Screenings and Events

St Kilda Film Festival Australia’s Top 100 Short Films: Where: St Kilda Town Hall, Cnr Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda. When: 6:15pm Monday 22 May 2017. Tickets: https://www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au/film/out-of-the-closets-into-the-streets

Melbourne Queer Film Festival Special Free Public Screening and Panel Discussion: , 2:30pm Sunday 26 March 2017, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne, Tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?s=159.

Film Premiere: 2pm Saturday 8 October 2016, Theatre Royal, 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine, Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival.

Project Launch: 28 November 2016, 4:30pm, the Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford.

In the News

What’s On Melbourne blog, ‘Eight things you need to see at Melbourne Queer Film Festival’, 9 March 2017, http://blog.thatsmelbourne.com.au/melbourne_queer_film_festival_2017/

James McKenzie and Yvette Keen, Interview with Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo, In Ya Face, 3CR Melbourne, 855 AM, 4:15pm Friday 10 March 2017

Lynden Nicholls, Interview with Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo, The Arts Program, Voice FM Ballarat, 99.9 FM, 6pm Wednesday 8 March 2017

Lucinda Horrocks, ‘Out of the Closets: A Homosexual History of Melbourne’, Vida blog, Australian Women’s History Network, 14 December 2016, http://www.auswhn.org.au/blog/out-of-the-closets/

Amber Wilson, ‘Doco ode to gay rights’, The Courier, 1 October 2016, http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4200995/doco-ode-to-gay-rights/

Larissa Romensky, ‘Documentary film explores history of gay liberation movement in Melbourne’, 15 September 2016, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/history-of-gay-liberation-movement-in-melbourne/7849516

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Credits

Creative Producers:
Lucinda Horrocks, Kathie Mayer and Jary Nemo
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Project Manager and Film Line Producer:
Jary Nemo
Digital Content Creative Director:
Lucinda Horrocks
Digital Gallery Curation Notes Written by:
Nick Henderson with Lucinda Horrocks, drawing on the original research of Graham Willett
Digital Content Assistance and Support:
Dimity Mapstone
Story Researchers:
Lucinda Horrocks and Kathie Mayer
Research Advisors:
Nick Henderson and Graham Willett
Film Written and Produced by:
Lucinda Horrocks, Kathie Mayer and Jary Nemo
Film Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing and Post Production:
Jary Nemo
Original Super 8 Footage Shot and Edited by:
Barbara Creed
Film Second Camera, Scouting and Location Host:
Kathie Mayer
Film Interviewer:
Lucinda Horrocks
Interview Subjects:
Professor Dennis Altman, Professor Barbara Creed, Andrew Hansen, Peter McEwan, Jude Munro AO and Dr Graham Willett
Still Photographs and Artwork Courtesy of:
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, The Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive, Barbara Creed
Original Creators of Archival Materials:
Barbara Creed, Julian Desaily, Rennie Ellis, Kirsty McClaren, Peter McEwan, Frank Prain, Unknown Photographers, Unknown Artists
Film Music by:
Fire through the Sky, Musicalman, courtesy of PremiumBeat, Sax in the City, RimskyMusic, courtesy of PremiumBeat
With thanks to:
Professor Dennis Altman, Dr Marcus Bunyan, Professor Barbara Creed, Manuela Furci, Ponch Hawkes, Peter McEwan, Chris Sanders, Dr Graham Willett, Lotus Ye, the Mayer-Cobb Family, the Melbourne University Student Union, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive.
Commissioned by:
Culture Victoria.
Funded by:
Creative Victoria.
In collaboration with:
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Culture Victoria Commissioning Editors:
Eleanor Whitworth, Tanya Wolkenberg and Dimity Mapstone
Acknowledgement:
Based on the original exhibition of the same name by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Film production and development took place on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung (Wathaurung), Boon wurrung and Woi wurrung peoples. We would like to acknowledge these traditional owners and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions 2016 (film and audio), archival contributors (digital gallery).

 

 

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